NFL playoffs

Now that the NFL regular season has come to an end, the most exciting part of the season is upon us: the post-season playoffs. The playoffs are where the biggest of fans either gather in stadiums packed to the brim, or sit down with friends and family to cheer on their favorite teams and hope that a Super Bowl win will be coming their way. This year, a few teams have come back for yet another playoff appearance, and also some teams have the chance to show that they have what it takes to make it with the “Big Boys” of the league. The first and second round of the playoffs have been extra packed with upsets and close games.

First off, the teams that made it to the playoffs this year were mostly expected to make it. From the AFC, the teams that made the playoffs were the: Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. From the NFC was the: Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. All teams played Wild Card weekend, except the Vikings, Steelers, Eagles and Patriots. The Eagles placed #1 in the league, with a record of 13-3, and tied with the Vikings for best in the NFC,  also with a record of 13-3. The Patriots and Steelers tied for best in the AFC with records of 13-3 too.

In the wild card games, the Titans took on the Chiefs, and won in a close game 22-21. The Falcons took on the Rams, and won 26-13. The Jaguars and Bills played a slow-paced game, and the Jaguars came out with the 10-3 win over Buffalo. The final wild card game was between the Saints and the Panthers. The game came down to a Panthers defeat when the Saints were able to gain a 31-26 win over Carolina.

The divisional round of this year’s playoffs contained lots of surprises. On Saturday, January 13th, the Eagles were able to come back and defeat the Falcons in a 15-10 victory, and the Patriots used Tom Brady to crush the Titans 35-14.

On Sunday, the Jaguars were able to defeat the Steelers in a high-scoring game 45-42.

The last game of the divisional round was the hometown Vikings against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings went into halftime up 17-0, and most thought that was going to be the game. Drew Brees was able to come back and take a 24-23 lead though. In the last 16 seconds of the game, quarterback Case Keenum threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs to win the game. The play is now known as the “Minneapolis Miracle.”

This year’s playoffs have seen a crazy bunch of games, and fans are closing in to see the super bowl matchup. As a Vikings fan myself, I am hoping that the Vikings can come home and win our very first Super Bowl in our home stadium.

 

“Help Wanted”- How teens are not being able to get a job

During the school year, teenagers love to be busy, whether it’s with sports, activities, or a job. People who don’t like to be involved in school all the time tend to pick up a job so that they are occupied while earning money. A job comes in handy during high school because it’s a way to earn pocket money and save for college, but for some reason, a certain group of people tend to be more unemployed then the rest.

With tons of help wanted signs up, and teens ready to start a job, what’s the problem? It’s a weird thought, because according to the Minnesota Employment and Economic Development, as of November 2017, 10.6% of teenagers are unemployed. They believe that this has to do with the minimum wage increase to $9.50. The Minnesota Employment and Economic Development website says that this percentage is due to employers being more skeptical when hiring new teenage workers. The good part about this, is that the minimum wage has increased the teen participation in the labor force.

When you think about it, our employment system is flawed for teens. If all jobs expect previous experience, how do they have the opportunity to get started. Nowadays, it’s hard to find jobs that require little to no previous experience. This leaves teens, who are new to the idea of employment, unemployed.

There are also experienced adults who are left with part time jobs that are normally occupied by teens. If these adults can’t find jobs in their designated area, they are left with the part time jobs. This is considered involuntary part time.

Even though you might not have a job, there are easier ways to earn money. You could cut a neighbor’s lawn, walk a dog, or even do chores. Getting hired is a hard process and may take a while until you hear something back, but do not give up.

For more information, please go to: https://mn.gov/deed/data/current-econ-highlights/alternative-unemployment.jsp

 

Pitch Perfect 3 review

By Natalie Braga, Piper Gallivan, & Alivia Arredondo

The Barden Bellas are back in the third installment of the Pitch Perfect series. This movie was filled with jokes, music, and all of the fan favorite characters. After seeing it in theatres, we found ourselves simultaneously hating and loving it, and here is why. (Warning: this will contain spoilers.)

The plot strayed from the general predictable storylines of the first two movies. In those, the characters goals were laid out at the beginning, and you could easily tell they were going to achieve their goals. In this movie, the plot kept taking weird turns and it was hard to tell what was going on.

The overall plot was the Bellas, now in their early 30s and dissatisfied with their lives, are going on a reunion tour across Europe for the USO to be together one last time. On this tour, there was also a competition where DJ Khaled, a powerful and comedic character, was going to pick one of the acts to open for him on his upcoming tour.

As with most movies, there were sub-plots, but these didn’t really add to the movie, instead making it more confusing. Nothing seemed more out of place than Fat Amy and her dad’s storyline. He was a powerful, crime-bust, drug dealer who had been out of touch with her since she was a teenager. He recently found her and was trying to get the 180 million dollars that she had stored away from her mom. Through all of this, he ends up kidnapping the Bellas and holding them hostage on a boat with the threat of harming them.

Then came a scene that was more like a spy movie than anything else, with Fat Amy setting off a bomb and saving her team members. It was hard to understand why this was incorporated because it was a major distraction for a movie that already had a lot going on.

The ending was not what would be expected, with DJ Khaled only picking Becca instead of all of the Bellas. This led to a heartwarming and emotional scene, where they tell Becca they support her, and that they all love each other. Although the plot, at times was all over the place, the ending was still nice for a series so many people love.

The music and the acting overall in the movie wasn’t up to the standards set up by the other two movies. There seemed to be a lack of music, which was very unfortunate. However, the songs and remixes that did make it were quite good and the girls continue to be very talented singers. Music is such an important factor in movies, especially in the Pitch Perfect series, so to cut the amount of music in this movie was a bad idea by the writers and disappointing to the viewers.

The acting in this movie wasn’t bad, but overall there were some parts that seemed to be forced and unnecessary. For example, many of the scenes with Fat Amy and her father were not very well acted out and the whole thing seemed very forced. It is hard to tell why DJ Khaled got lines in this movie. Though some people disagree, he seemed to have lines that didn’t add much to the story and the acting was subpar. Aside from him, the Bellas and the other supporting actors did a good job with their parts. Most of them were able to bring their characters to life and seemed very believable, which was pleasing to watch and is appreciated.

In comparison to the other two Pitch Perfect movies, it seemed to be not as high quality and more forced than the others. Nearly all the characters came back, excluding Jesse, Bumper, and for the most part Stacy, if you don’t count her small and somewhat irrelevant appearances of her being pregnant. It was sad to see that Jesse was gone due to him being a very beloved character in the last two movies, and to cut his character entirely was a disappointing.

The girls still had crazy, hilarious personalities that were amusing for the most part, however, they seemed a little overdone after having the same jokes being made as the other two movies.

Though this plot continued to mostly follow Becca, this was the first movie where Fat Amy played a major role, which made sense due to her being a fan favorite. Unfortunately, we found her to be a bit too overpowering in comparison to her smaller, but still important, roles like before.

Besides these things, the bubbly personalities of the talented group still kept their charm, and were still satisfying enough to watch for anyone who had become invested in these girls over the years.

Overall, the movie was not the best quality, and we expected more from the creators, however, we don’t regret seeing how the beloved Barden Bellas’ trilogy came to an end. For those who have never seen the other movies, the jokes and plot may seem confusing, but for those who loved the first two, it is worth it to watch the Bellas go on one last crazy adventure together.

Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

Minneapolis will be hosting Super Bowl LII in the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Sunday, February 4 at 5:30 PM CT. The Super Bowl is the final game of the NFL season, played every year for the past 52 years in a different state, and is the biggest annual sporting event in America according to Sports Illustrated. This is the second time Minneapolis has hosted a Super Bowl; they also hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

It was first announced that Minnesota would be hosting in 2018 in 2013, just after the Minnesota Vikings went 5-10-1 (5 wins, 10 losses, and 1 tie in a season). Since then, the team has improved tremendously, going 7-9, 11-5, and 8-8 in 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively (Check out Pro Football Reference for more stats).

We will not know who will be competing in the Super Bowl until the end of the playoffs, which continue on January 13, and end on January 21. It is possible that the Vikings, who are headed to the playoffs with a win-loss ratio of 13-3, will make it to this Super Bowl, and as MPR reported, it would be the first time in over 25 years that a Super Bowl participant would be competing in their own state.

As MPR points out, if the Vikings can survive the playoffs by defeating the New Orleans Saints, and then winning their conference championship game, they will become the first franchise in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their hometown. It would be the team’s fifth Super Bowl (their last was in 1977), having won not a single previous one.

But, while this may sound nice to Vikings fans, to the organizers of Super Bowl LII, it could create a great “headache,” according to Sports Illustrated. Hosting a Super Bowl is already a technical feat, but the logistical problems that would arise from the Vikings reaching the Super Bowl would make it even more impressive. Just by making it this far, the Vikings must host a divisional-round game at home on January 14, making it the first time a Super Bowl host city has also hosted a divisional-round game, and if Philadelphia loses, the Vikings will also host the NFC title game. According to CBS Minnesota, Downtown Minneapolis will be revoking parking permits in the area on the day of the game, in order to free-up parking space for attendees. If the Vikings do make it to the Super Bowl, the facilities which they, and their competitors use, will have to be swapped, to allow the Vikings to use their home facility as noted by Sports Illustrated.

The Super Bowl is more than just an annual football game and cultural event. For local and national businesses, it is a big commercial opportunity. It receives 100 million American viewers annually, more than three times more than the Oscars, the second largest TV event in America. Thus, the cost of a Super Bowl advertisement is roughly $5 million for a thirty-second spot, not including PR, digital promotion or contests. In total, a good campaign can cost around $10 million, according to ForbesA pop-up marketplace called North Local Market, displaying over 20 local brands, will be set up in City Center in downtown Minneapolis, from January 26 through the Super Bowl (for more information see  the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal).

But, not everyone is happy with the Super Bowl. According to the Minneapolis StarTribune, A coalition group has organized a protest march on the day of the game, from Peavey Park to U.S. Bank Stadium, in a route as of yet unrevealed. Activist Jess Sundin, a head organizer, said she expects to see “several hundred protesters.” They will be protesting against, in their own words, the “racism and corporate greed,” they perceive in the Super Bowl and the various side-acts connected to it.

Individuals interested in attending Super Bowl LII, who do not already have tickets, will be disappointed; the going price on StubHub, one month away from the game, is upwards of $3,200. Fortunately though, according to MPR, the Super Bowl host committee has announced Super Bowl Live, a 10-day festival leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. It will be held outside in Nicollet Mall, and will include free concerts, ice sculptures, and food.

The Vikings must win only two more games in order to make it to Super Bowl LII, and fans will be impatiently waiting until they next play. If they do make it, it will be a historic moment for the Vikings, the NFL, and Minnesota. If they win the Super Bowl, it will be a historic moment for American sports history in general.

Things to do in the Twin Cities

By: Riley Lumpkin and Gabe Mattick

Minnesota winters can be dreadful, and some people like to stay inside away from the cold. This year though, there are many events and places to visit. The Twin Cities is a great place to have fun this winter.

Starting off with Saint Paul, there are many different things to see and do. This winter you can spend your time outdoors ice skating, or indoors watching a movie.

Next, to the Cathedral, there is the Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship. This event takes place January 19-20, 2018. Saint Paul has hosted this event the past six winters. This sport is challenging, which makes it fun to watch. Skaters race through a long ice track with many obstacles. This event is free! Although you can purchase tickets to access better views, the price ranges from $20-$350. You can purchase tickets here: Tickets.

The Crashed Ice Championship is not the only exciting thing to do outdoors, there is also the Wells Fargo WinterSkate. You can go ice skating next to the Landmark Center. This is a small rink perfect to learn how to skate, or practice skills. Skate rentals are $4 per person, or if you are a Wells Fargo cardholder your skates are free. Open skate hours are Monday-Thursday from 11am to 4:50pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm, and Sunday: 11am-8pm.

If you aren’t a fan of the outdoors but love sports; the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff is for you. The Frozen Faceoff is a championship involving the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. This tournament is taking place downtown at the Xcel Energy Center, March 16-17, 2018. Tickets are on sale now, prices are based on seating and are from $50-$379. You can purchase tickets here: Tickets.

 

 

 

Saint Paul is also a fun place to learn and get away from the cold. Visiting the James J. Hill House, the Twin City Railroad Museum, the Science Museum, and the Minnesota Transportation Museum is a way to have fun indoors. If you don’t like museums, there is the Omnitheatre at the Science Museum.

 

 

You can also have lots of fun indoors playing mini golf. Can Can Wonderland is an indoor course, created by artists. Mini golf is not the only fun thing at this location, there is also an arcade, a restaurant, and two stages. Can Can Wonderland is located in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

Saint Paul isn’t the only place to have fun this winter, Minneapolis and other cities also have a few winter activities. If you are brave and don’t mind the cold, you can race or watch the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival. There are many events during the festival, which include: cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice bike riding and many more! This is located in Uptown Minneapolis and taking place February 5-7, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a fan of art, this winter you can visit the Midwinter Light. This event is taking place at The Commons, January 27-31 from dusk-10pm; this is open to the public and free. Artist Jennifer Hedberg created art using ice and light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please visit:

https://www.minneapolis.org/calendar/seasonal/events-for-winter/

https://www.visitsaintpaul.com/things-to-do/winter-fun/

Chocolate is going extinct

Scientists have recently had theories that support the idea that chocolate will go extinct in the next 30 years. Right now, the main producers of cacao plants (chocolate) are Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Unfortunately, the arable land in both of those places is a being greatly affected due to climate change. The air and soil temperatures are changing, and the way the beans are growing has changed.

The next biggest reason the plants may go extinct, is because of an insect-spread fungal diseases called “witch’s broom” and “frosty pod.” These diseases have already destroyed many of the cacao trees in Central America; their original natural home. Scientists, and farmers alike, are currently trying to find ways to keep those diseases contained, and not let them spread to the new chocolate empires.

800,000, out of the 25 million people, in Ghana, farm chocolate as their main crop. If these plants go extinct, not only would those people lose their biggest crop, and therefore their biggest source of income, the economy would be greatly affected. Most of Ghana’s economy comes from chocolate. Without that crop being exported, they would lose out on billions of dollars.

For more information, please visit:

“Chocolate Is a Bittersweet Way of Life in Ghana.” NBCNews.com https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/chocolate-bittersweet-way-life-ghana-n212741.

Lee, Bruce Y. “Could Chocolate Actually Go Extinct In 40 Years?” Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2018/01/01/is-chocolate-going-extinct-whats-being-done-to-prevent-this-disaster/#37c65561540f.

Freelanceqz. “The world’s two largest cocoa producers want you to buy their chocolate, not just their beans.” Quartz https://qz.com/981562/ghana-ivory-coast-are-marketing-more-chocolate-to-the-world/.

Sports schedule for: Jan 15-20

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.stpaulcity.org

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of January 15-20

Monday Jan 15:

MLK Holiday

Tuesday Jan. 16:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Baker National Park  3pm (Bus 1:30/5:15pm)

Boys Basketball @ Central C-Squad 4pm  JV 5:30  Varsity @7pm (Bus 3pm/8:30pm)

Girls Basketball vs. Central @HP C-Squad 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

CI Adapted Floor Hockey vs. Dakota United @ Humboldt 4:30pm

Boys Swim/Dive @ St. Louis Park (Bus 3/7pm)

Wednesday Jan. 17:

Gymnastics  vs. Johnson and Mpls. Southwest vs. Mpls. Washburn @ HP 6pm

Thursday Jan. 18:

Boys Swim vs. Johnson @ Humboldt 5pm(Bus 3/6:45pm)

PI Adapted Floor Hockey  vs. Rochester Raiders @ Freidell Middle School 5:30pm

Girls Basketball @ Christ’s Household of Faith (Salvation Army)  JV 5:30 Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:15pm)

Boys Hockey vs. Simley @ Veterans Memorial Community Center  JV 5:30  Varsity 7:30pm (Bus 3pm for JV and 5:15pm for Varsity/9:30pm)

Girls Varsity ‘Blades’  Hockey vs. Rochester Mayo @ Phalen Arena 7pm

Wrestling @ Central 7pm (Bus 5:30/8:30pm)

Friday Jan. 19:

Girls Basketball vs. Harding @ HP  C-Squad 4pm  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Basketball @ Harding C-Squad & JV 5:30  Varsity 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:30pm)

Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Hyland Hills 4:30pm (Bus 3:30/7pm)

Saturday Jan. 20:

Boys Varsity Hockey vs. Legacy Christian Academy @ Blaine Super Rink 3pm (Bus 1/5pm)

Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Theo Wirth Park TBD

Boys Swim True Team Invitational vs. Edina @ South View Middle School 9:30am (Dive bus 7:15/1pm  Swim bus 11:15/3:30pm)

Wrestling Invitational @ Eastview HS 10am (Bus 8:45/5pm)

Gymnastics Invitational @ Park-Cottage Grove 11am

Boys Basketball @ St. Croix Lutheran C-Squad 11am  JV 12:30  Varsity 2pm (Bus 10/3:30pm)

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Jan 8-13

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.stpaulcity.org

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of January 8-13

Monday Jan. 8:

Boys Basketball vs. Minnehaha Academy @ HP C-Squad & JV 4:30   Varsity 6pm

Tuesday Jan. 9:
Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Battle Creek Rec. Ctr. (Bus 2:30/5pm)

Girls Basketball vs. Hudson, Wi. @ HP C-Squad 4pm   JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Hockey @ Coon Rapids Ice Center  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7:30pm (Bus 3:15/9:30pm)

Girls ‘Blades ‘Hockey vs. Holy Angels @ Richfield Ice Arena 7pm (Bus 5/8:45pm)

Wednesday Jan. 10:

Gymnastics vs. Mpls. Washburn @ Johnson HS 6pm (Bus 3:15/8:15pm)

Thursday Jan.11:

Girls Basketball @ Patrick Henry  C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm  (Bus 4/8pm)

Wrestling vs. Washington @ HP 7pm
Boys Swim/Dive @ Humboldt 5pm (Bus 3:15/6:45pm)

Friday Jan. 12:

Boys Basketball vs. Washington @ HP C-Squad & JV 5:30   Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Hockey vs. Pine City @ Highland Arena  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7:30pm

Girls Varsity ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Mankato East @ Phalen 7pm

Girls  Basketball @ Washington C-Squad 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:15pm)

Saturday Jan. 13:

Wrestling Invitational @ St. Croix Lutheran  (Bus 7am/4pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Henry Sibley @ HP C-Squad @ JV 11:30am  Varsity @ 1pm

Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Henry Sibley @ North Dale Rec. Center (outdoor game) 4pm

Boys Hockey vs. River Falls @ Highland Arena   JV 5:15pm Varsity @ 7:15pm

Go Scots!

Easy winter treats

Winter time is the time for staying inside and trying to keeping warm, so why not be productive and spend your time inside making different winter treats that will impress almost anyone who sees them. For those who need some different treat ideas, here are some that I’m sure that you’ll love.  

For those of you who are looking for a very easy, winter sweet treat, this is perfect for you. This treat is for those of you who have a liking for all things chocolate! Here are the things that you’ll need:

  • White Almond Bark or a white chocolate of your choice (half package)
  • Mint Oreos or another cookies and cream alternative (half package)
  • White Peppermint M&M’s
  • Red and green sprinkles

On a parchment paper, laid on to a square pan, you’ll want to spread out your melted chocolate, or your white almond bark, if you’re using that.

The next step is to crush up your Oreos; I find that the easiest way to do this is by putting them inside a bag and using a rolling pin to smash them into different pieces.

The next steps are pretty simple! Carefully sprinkle on your M&M’s and sprinkles on to the chocolate.

If you think that was easy, now all you have to do is put it into the fridge at let the chocolate harden; this took about 7-8 minutes for me.

After your chocolate has hardened, now all you have to do is take your treat and break them into pieces, big or small, it’s all up to you.

 

If you’re in need for an easy treat, one that’ll only take you only a few seconds, then I’m sure this little snack will tickle your fancy.

The simple ingredients that you’ll need are:

  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla frosting (either canned or homemade is just fine)
  • Black gel icing

The steps to this treat are very simple.

All you’ll need to do is to wash your strawberries and cut off the top off each.

Once you’re done with that, you’ll need to cut each one in half, make sure to keep track of which half goes with which!

Once your strawberries are all cut up, you’re going to take your frosting and place some onto the middle of your strawberry halves, placing the top of the strawberries on to the frosting.

With that done, you can then have fun with all of the different faces you can draw onto the strawberry, creating a small little strawberry Santa!

 

This treat is for those who love all things cookies; which we all know is a lot of people!

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 1 bag Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane – Kisses
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red and green colored sugar

The very first thing you want to make sure you do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees and also to remove your wrappers from the candies. You will need about 35-40 pieces of candies, depending on the sizes of each of them.

In a big bowl, you’ll want to mix together your butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs until everything is blended in fully.

The next thing you’ll want to do is to begin adding in your dry ingredients, starting with the flour and then adding in your baking soda and salt.

Once that is complete you’ll want to add your milk and butter mixture into your bowl, making sure that everything is well combined.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Taking your cookie dough, you’ll want to roll them into balls, any size that you’ll like will do, with each ball you’ll take the cookie dough and roll them into either the green or red sprinkles and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet!

You’ll now want to put the cookies into the oven and let them cook for about 8-10 minutes, making sure to rotate the baking sheet in between.

Once the cookies are done cooking, take them out and let them rest for about 2-3 minutes before you press your chocolate kisses into the center of each one!

These are a small sample of some different winter treats that you can make;  there are a lot of others out there, and I hope that you take some time to make these wonderful sweet treats. You won’t regret it at all; it’ll make the winter time seem ten times better!

Outdoor things to do during winter

Many people look forward to winter because of the different outdoor things they can do. Different things you can do are; spend the day ice skating, go sledding, build a snowman, have snowball fight etc.; basically, you can do anything that involves having fun.

Many people don’t know that sledding can be an exercise. According to Farmers Almanac “Sledding can actually burn more than 450 calories per hour, much of it from trudging back up the hill once you’ve reached the bottom.” Next time you go sledding, have fun and know that you did your daily exercising. Sledding is fun when there are friends involved, so grab a really big snow sled and go sledding with your pals.

If anyone tells you you’re too old to build a snowman, or to have a snowball fight, ignore them and go out and have fun. Save some of your holiday money and go out and have fun.

Ice skating is not always so much fun, nothing is more terrifying than skating on ice, but hey, you only live once, so go out and try it. You could hold onto your partner’s (mother, Dad’s, etc.) hand to feel more comfortable, and after awhile you get used to skating.

Creating a snow angel is fun for anyone of any age. It’s free. All you need is a pile of snow (the ground), and some snow pants (dress for the weather, you don’t want to get frostbite). Lay on the ground on your back, and start to move your legs and arms up and down for a few seconds. When you’re done, get up and look at your snow angel, and enjoy the beautiful little thing you created.

It’s always fun to be outside with other people: your friends, siblings, and even your parents. Snowball fight! Hurry, grab your gloves and a jacket, and go outside and get some snow, and start throwing at your siblings. Come on, hurry, before they get you. Snowball fights are always fun; you’re throwing snow for goodness sake! Doesn’t that sound fun?

Well, those are some great ideas of things to do during the winter.